Children of all ages can experience quality live theatre as part of RPAC’s performance program.

Primary School

  • Weekday sessions in school term available for excursions
  • Excellent teacher resources available to enhance the performance experience

High Schools

  • Weekday sessions in school term available for excursions
  • Evening and weekend performances are also available to avoid disrupting student’s weekday learning
  • Excellent teacher resources available to enhance the performance experience

School group booking procedures are provided below. RPAC staff are also available on request to visit local schools to discuss our upcoming events and opportunities that may be of interest to students and staff. To book a staff visit to your school, or for further information about RPAC’s 2021 school and daycare excursions and incursions, contact the RPAC Box Office via or call (07) 3829 8131.

Daytime productions

Edward the Emu - excursion

Fri 17 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Venue: RPAC Concert Hall
Duration: 50 minutes, no interval
Year level: Prep-Grade 4 (ages 4-10 years)
Curriculum areas: Arts (drama), Music, English, Visual Arts 
Education pack: 
Cost: $18 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students

The time has come for the Emus to tell the story, their way!

The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! 


The Wider Earth - excursion

Wed 23 March, 7pm; Thu 24 March, 10.30am & 7pm

Venue: RPAC Concert Hall 
Duration: 2 hrs, including a 20 minutes interval
Year level: Grade 6 - Grade 12 (ages 12+ years)
Curriculum areas: Arts (drama), Visual arts, Music, English & History
Cost: $25 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students


The award-winning drama The Wider Earth tells the story of the rebellious young Charles Darwin.

Join the twenty-two year old Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history.

An ensemble cast, remarkable puppetry, cinematic projections and an original score by Lior and Tony Buchen all combine to bring to life uncharted landscapes and incredible creatures in this highly ambitious theatrical event.


Evening and holiday productions of interest to students

There are also a number of evening and holiday productions in 2022 that may be of interest to High School or Primary School students. Click on the buttons below to see what productions are coming soon that may be of interest to your students.

If you would like to bring a school group to any of these productions please contact Box Office via or call the Box Office on 3829 8131. 

For some productions it is possible to arrange a Q&A session after the performance or a back stage tour. If you would like to bring a school or daycare group to any of these productions please contact the RPAC Operations Manager on 3829 8138 or email

Step 1: Booking Form
Complete online or download the booking form for the show you are interested in and email your completed form to

Booking forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 2: Deposit
You’ll receive a deposit invoice to confirm your booking. Your deposit secures your booking.

Step 3
: Final invoice
After you confirm your student numbers, we’ll send out the final invoice

Step 4
: Tickets
Your tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance and will highlight which rows and seats your school has been allocated.

If you have any questions, email us at or call 3829 8164.

By bus

A bus drop-off point is located adjacent to the Centre, accessible from Middle Street. Due to the large number of buses using this area, it is designated for drop-offs only. Buses can park on the grassed areas behind RPAC (weather permitting), or return to the drop-off area at an agreed collection time.

By car

Parking is available in front of the Concert Hall and in the patrons' car park at the rear. Please note: on-street parking at the front of the Concert Hall is reverse (angle rear in) only.

Additional public car parks are available between Doig and Waterloo Streets, around 100 metres easy walk from RPAC.

By train

RPAC is about a 200-metre walk from Cleveland Railway Station. For the safety of all students and visitors, please use the pedestrian crossing on Shore Street West, in front of the train station, and also on Waterloo Street.

Food and drink

Students are encouraged to enjoy a snack or lunch before or after a performance. The RPAC Piazza and a large grassed area near the Events Hall are available for use.

Water is allowed in the Concert Hall and Auditorium during performances, but no other food or beverages are permitted inside.


Designated areas for school bags will be advised. Bags are not permitted inside the Concert Hall and Auditorium. The Concert Hall can get quite cool, so we recommend students take a jumper/jacket into the theatre.